2024 GRAND NATIONAL RUNNERS & ODDS

Below you can view the potential Grand National Runners with their ante-post odds.

Corach Rambler Horse

CORACH RAMBLER

4.5/5
14/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: - | FORM: 411-53 | WEIGHT: - | AGE: 10 | TRAINER: L. RUSSELL

Lucinda Russell's star, Corach Rambler, clinched the Grand National in 2023. Currently the bookies' favourite, the question remains: will this champion rise to the challenge at Aintree once more?

Mahler Mission Silks

MAHLER MISSION

3.2/5
14/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: - | FORM: 12F-22 | WEIGHT: - | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: JOHN C McCONNELL

His ages raises questions about his readiness for the rigors of the Grand National. Additionally, his jumping prowess—or lack thereof—could be a significant hurdle in navigating Aintree's challenging course. Keep an eye on him for future races, but for the 2024 Grand National, he might be a long shot.

Silks for Vanillier Grand National horse

VANILLIER

4.3/5
16/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: - | FORM: F22-55 | WEIGHT: - | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: G CROMWELL

Having clinched second behind Corach Rambler in the last Grand National, Vanillier is poised for another Aintree challenge. Though the handicapper might add to his load for 2024, he remains a noteworthy contender.

Silk Unknown

PANDA BOY

2.7/5
16/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: - | FORM: F5-442 | WEIGHT: - | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: M BRASSIL

What a mixed season Panda Boy has had. His first races were dismal especially at Naas when he finished 55L behind the winner over just two miles. He did redeem himself at Leopardstown, finishing second in the feature chase. Maybe the distance of the 2024 Grand National will suit him better. 

Monbeg Genius Colours

MONBEG GENIUS

3.5/5
16/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: - | FORM: 113-P3 | WEIGHT: - | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: JONJO O'NEILL

Having secured third place behind the 2023 Grand National winner, Corach Rambler, in last year's Ultima Handicap Chase at Cheltenham, Monbeg Genius has showcased potential. However, to truly stake his claim, he will likely need more experience in races over longer distances.

Kitty's Light Silk

KITTY'S LIGHT

4.5/5
20/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: - | FORM: 1-4705 | WEIGHT: - | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: C. WILLIAMS

Finished last season on an absolute high, winning the Eider Chase, the Scottish Grand National, and the Gold Cup at Sandown. If there's one horse that loves the long distanced races, it's Kitty's Light.

Silks JP McManus - Grand National

I AM MAXIMUS

4.6/5
20/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: - | FORM: 441-14 | WEIGHT: - | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: W P MULLINS

I Am Maximus has a knack for finishing in the money. After a triumphant run in the Irish Grand National in 2023, he's set to conquer Aintree's big fence. And much like his namesake from the Gladiator movie, he's here to declare, 'Are you not entertained?'

Noble Yeats Horse Racing Silks

NOBLE YEATS

5/5
20/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: - | FORM: 344-72 | WEIGHT: - | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: E MULLINS

The odds for Noble Yeats in the 2024 Grand National might surprise many, especially considering his stellar past performances. With a victory in 2022 and a 4th place finish last year, he's primed for another strong run. And with bookmakers extending payouts to five and six places, he's shaping up to be a wise each-way bet.

Silks JP McManus - Grand National

CAPODANNO

3.8/5
20/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: - | FORM: 3P-631 | WEIGHT: - | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: W MULLINS

Has been steadily improving as the season goes on, going from last place in his first seasonal race to a winner at Cheltenham in the Cotswold Chase in January. He did run in last year's race but pulled up before the last fence. Let's hope he has more luck in 2024.

Nassalam Silk

NASSALAM

4.9/5
25/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: - | FORM: 07-411 | WEIGHT: - | AGE: 7 | TRAINER: G MOORE

Nassalam is having a terrific season, first testing the waters in the Welsh Grand National Trial which he won, only to then return to Chepstow a little over two weeks later and actually win the race itself! 

Hewick 2024 Grand National

HEWICK

5/5
25/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: - | FORM: F1-401 | WEIGHT: - | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: JJ HANLON

Winner of the King George VI Chase in December, Hewick is a very highly-rated horse but with a potential Gold Cup run on the horizon, he may swerve Aintree in favour of Cheltenham. 

Silk Unknown

DESERTMORE HOUSE

2.6/5
33/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: - | FORM: 171184 | WEIGHT: - | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: M BRASSIL

Lightly chased with only six starts though he has won three of them. They were last season when he was on a bit of a winning streak that seems to have deserted him this season. Given the quality of entries for the Grand National 2024, he may struggle to get in.  

Giggins Town Grand National Runner

DELTA WORK

3.6/5
33/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: - | FORM: 61U-36 | WEIGHT: - | AGE: 11 | TRAINER: G. ELLIOTT

Delta Work's journey in the 2023 Grand National was abruptly halted at the 21st fence, but with a prior 3rd place finish at Aintree, he's not to be underestimated. Will this be his year to shine?

Silk Unknown

MINELLA INDO

3.3/5
33/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: - | FORM: 1P-144 | WEIGHT: - | AGE: 11 | TRAINER: H DE BROMHEAD

Winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2021, Minella Indo pulled up in last year's renewal but has started this season well with a win at Punchestown, albeit a Grade 3 race that might have been run to blow the cobwebs off after the Summer.  

Gerri Colombe Horse Silks

AIN'T THAT A SHAME

3.7/5
33/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: - | FORM: 10-9P1 | WEIGHT: - | AGE: 10 | TRAINER: H DE BROMHEAD

Went off in last year's National as a general 10/1 shot and did get around but in 17th place. That said, neve overlook horses that have proven stamina around the course. Especially one that won the Goffs Thyestes last time out!  

Silk Unknown

LATENIGHTPASS

2.7/5
33/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: - | FORM: 114-21 | WEIGHT: - | AGE: 11 | TRAINER: D SKELTON

Was 4th in the Foxhunters Chase at Aintree last season and returned on solid form in November to run the Cross Country at Cheltenham, placing second. Headed back there a month later to win the December Glenfarclas and could very well have to decide between another trip to Prestbury or a go at the Grand National 2024.   

Silk Unknown

GALIA DES LITEAUX

2.7/5
33/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: - | FORM: 54-122 | WEIGHT: - | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: D SKELTON

Did really well to finish second over 3m5f last time out at Warwick. That gave his Official Rating a much-needed boost and one that may see him make the cut. Though with only 34 horses this year, it's going to come down to the wire.    

Gevrey Horse

GEVREY

3.4/5
33/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: - | FORM: 2-3P1P | WEIGHT: - | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: G ELLIOTT

Was second in the Irish Grand National in 2023 and won the JT McNamara Munster National in October. However, he is also as likely to pull up having done that twice this season.   

Le Milos

LE MILOS

3.3/5
33/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: - | FORM: 1120-3 | WEIGHT: - | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: D SKELTON

Ran in the race last year and despite going off on relatively short odds of 12/1, could only manage 10th place overall. Still on decent form and could have another go at those tricky fences in April 2024.  

Mr Incredible Silks

MR INCREDIBLE

3/5
33/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: - | FORM: B23U- | WEIGHT: - | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: WP MULLINS

Ran in the 2023 National but unseated his jockey and should be making his seasonal return in the Coral Welsh National. How he does there will tell a lot about his current form and whether another go at the Grand National is a good idea.   

Stattler Silks

STATTLER

3/5
33/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: - | FORM: 2P-624 | WEIGHT: - | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: WP MULLINS

Having pulled up in the Gold Cup last year, it looks like Willie Mullins may skip Cheltenham this season with Stattler now firmly aimed at the Grand National 2024. A former National Hunt winner, his form appears to have dipped this season so only time will tell if he can really compete in this race.  

Hemming Grand National Silks

FAMOUS BRIDGE

3.3/5
33/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: - | FORM: 11-411 | WEIGHT: - | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: N RICHARDS

A solid chaser in the making who is in excellent form this season. Has one or two options before Aintree and a win will be needed to boost his OR in order to be guaranteed a spot, if he gets an entry for the National 2024.   

Meeting of the waters Horse

MEETINGOFTHEWATERS

3/5
33/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: - | FORM: 6-4311 | WEIGHT: - | AGE: 7 | TRAINER: WP MULLINS

Lightly chased but did exceptionally well to win the feature chase at the Leopardstown Christmas festival beating out 26 rivals in the process. May still be too inexperienced for a run at the Grand National 2024 but we could see him next year.   

Silk Unknown

GLENGOULY

2.3/5
40/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: - | FORM: FP5-22 | WEIGHT: - | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: WP MULLINS

He hasn't had a win in a couple of years but is on much better form this season than in other years, with two second-place finishes at Limerick and in the Goffs Thyestes.  It would be a surprise if this horse was capable of winning the Grand National 2024. 

Silks JP McManus - Grand National

LIMERICK LACE

2.8/5
40/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: - | FORM: 123-121 | WEIGHT: - | AGE: 7 | TRAINER: J O'NEILL

No surprise the horse is owned by JP McManus given that he hails from Limerick in Ireland. On very good form but lacks any experience beyond 3 miles so the distance at Aintree could be a big problem. 

Giggins Town Grand National Runner

COKO BEACH

2.8/5
40/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: - | FORM: P-3121 | WEIGHT: - | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: G ELLIOTT

This will be the third attempt at the Grand National for Coko Beach. He was 8th in 2022 and pulled up in 2023. On solid form, he was 2nd in the Becher Chase in December, so he clearly loves this course with proven ability to get around.  

Hemming Grand National Silks

IRON BRIDGE

2.3/5
40/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: - | FORM: 122-P2 | WEIGHT: - | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: J O'NEILL

Young and lightly chased, but last season showed signs of promise as Iron Bridge finished 2nd in back-to-back races at Warwick and Uttoxeter.

Mr Coffey Silks - 2024 Grand National

MISTER COFFEY

3.7/5
50/1

JOCKEY: -

NO: - | FORM: 238-42 | WEIGHT: - | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: NICKY HENDERSON

Showed promise in the 2023 Grand National, maintaining a strong position until a loose horse disrupted his rhythm. Despite the setback, he remained competitive until the final fences and secured an 8th-place finish. With proven experience on the Aintree course, he's a compelling choice with attractive odds.

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WHO DECIDES THE GRAND NATIONAL RUNNERS?

The Road to Aintree: Who Decides the Final 34 Runners

A maximum of 34 runners line up at the start of the Aintree Grand National, and 600 million people worldwide tune in to watch them tackle the 30 notoriously difficult fences in a bid to put themselves into the history books. But how do those particular runners and riders make it to Grand National Day?

A horse will be entered into the Grand National 2024 if it meets the minimum criteria for qualification and the owner and trainer feel that their horse is capable of handling the race.

Not all horses are suited to the long Aintree course or have the necessary jumping ability. Even if a horse gets entered, that doesn’t guarantee a place at the starting line as frequently over 100 get entered, but there is now a maximum field of just 34 for the race.

The race is open to horses aged seven and upwards that have been placed first, second, third or fourth in a chase of three miles or more and have achieved a rating of at least 130 by the BHA Handicapper.

Horses with Grand National entries and have made jumping errors in 50 per cent, or more, of their last eight races will be further scrutinised by the Grand National Review Panel before being allowed to participate.

The entry date for the race is always at the end of January or the beginning of February, depending on the date of the race in April. For the 2024 race that date is February 6th. 

The names and numbers are announced by the BHA (British Horseracing Authority) the following day.

Number Of Entries

  • 2024 – 94
  • 2023 - 85
  • 2022 – 107
  • 2021 – 106
  • 2020 – 105 (cancelled)
  • 2019 – 112
  • 2018 – 105
  • 2017 – 110
  • 2016 – 126
  • 2015 – 98

The BHA Head Of Handicapping then takes the list of entries and frames the weights.

In other words, he decides which runners will carry the heaviest weights and which will carry the least. The handicap system is designed to give every horse a fair chance of winning the race, and good horses will carry more weight than those perceived to have less ability.

The maximum weight any horse can carry in the Grand National will be 11st 12lbs. The BHA confirmed an across-the-board 2lbs rise in published weights as part of a safety allowance for jockeys as of May 2022.

The minimum weight for the Grand National will now be 10st 2lbs. Each runner’s weight will be largely determined by their OR (Official Rating); the higher the rating, the higher the weight.

Although the Grand National is the only race in Britain in which the Handicapper can ignore the official ratings if he wishes, often to the dismay of owners and trainers.

Horses are then put in descending order from the highest to the lowest weighted, determining their race number. The top-weighted horse is number one, the second heaviest weighted horse is number two, and so on.

The weights are then announced, and from then on, a series of ‘Declaration Stages’ or ‘Forfeit Stages’ take place.

At each stage of the selection process, trainers can withdraw their runners. As horses are removed, the list of entries narrows down. This allows horses that initially didn't make the Top 34 to move up the ranks if entries above them are withdrawn.

In 2023, there were three top-weighted runners – Any Second Now, Conflated and Hewick. However, as two were withdrawn, it left Any Second Now carrying top weight.

The last declaration stage occurs at 10 a.m. on the Thursday before Grand National Day. This is where the top 34 Grand National runners are as good as finalised.

Unfortunately, in 2020, the race was cancelled and did not go ahead. In 2021, no runners were withdrawn at the final stage, and 40 runners ran.

In 2022, Commodore, School Boy Hours and Romain De Senam took the final spots in the Grand National after Phoenix Way, Easysland and Lord Du Mesnil were declared non-runners.

However, Aintree has announced the reserve system for the Grand National will be discontinued from the 2023 renewal onwards. So now, if a horse is withdrawn at the final stage, it will not be replaced.

In 2023, on Grand National Day, Escaria Ten from trainer Gordon Elliott was withdrawn due to lameness. That meant 39 ran in the race.

2024 GRAND NATIONAL RACE FAVOURITE

Two horses are currently vying for the spot of Grand National 2024 favourite. Corach Rambler and Vanillier are on very short odds.

Of course, anything can happen between now and race day, and as the National draws ever closer and excitement intensifies, the odds will change.

Corach Rambler

With back-to-back wins in the Ultima Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last year, Corach Rambler became a firm favourite to win the 2023 Grand National.

Trained by Lucinda Russell, who won this race with One For Arthur in 2017, Corach Rambler was considered 10lbs well in after his rating shot up from 146 to 156 after his winning performance at the Festival.

Despite thoughts that suggested the trip might be too long for him, Corach Rambler ran the race of his life and won the Grand National. 

Back again in 2024, it's only natural that he would be a major contender and favourite for the race. 

Consecutive wins are notoriously difficult, but if one horse can do it, it's Corach Rambler.

Vanillier

Again, another returning runner from last year's race in which Vanillier proved his worth to finish in second place. 

That proven experience over the tricky Grand National fences has meant his odds are just as short as Corach Rambler's. 

One advantage he may have over his rival is a lower weight, should the Handicapper decide to base it on his Official Rating, which is lower than Rambler's. 

Trainer Gavin Cromwell has never won this race, and if he goes off as the 2024 Grand National favourite, it will be all to play for. 

THE JOCKEYS

The criteria for professional or amateur jockeys wanting to take part in the race are very specific.

They must have ridden not less than 15 winners in chases or hurdle races under the Rules of Racing and/or the Rules of the Irish National Hunt Committee and ridden not less than 10 of these winners in chases.

A champion jockey like A.P. McCoy who primarily rode horses for super owner J.P. McManus had his pick of horses in the race before he retired.

Top jockey Barry Geraghty took over as the retained rider for McManus but announced his retirement in July 2020.

Since then Mark Walsh has been named as the retained rider for the McManus horses in Ireland.

The likes of Jack Kennedy and Rachael Blackmore are other top jockeys who can often choose their rides and odds will tumble on any horses chosen by the pair.

Amateur jockeys are now a rarity in the Grand National compared with races early days.

Sam Waley-Cohen is probably the most famous amateur rider in recent years and he enjoys a record over the Aintree fences which is the envy of many a professional. That includes winning the race in 2022!

Other jockeys will usually ride for the yards that retain them or a trainer will engage their services just for this race.

In recent years a number of high-profile jockeys have missed the race due to injuries picked up at the Cheltenham festival which is the last major National Hunt meeting before Aintree.

In 2018, Ruby Walsh suffered a leg fracture and Leighton Aspell suffered a neck injury that put them out of contention for the Grand National.

Bryony Frost experienced the same fate in 2019 when an injury at Cheltenham ruled her out of the National.

Don’t be put off backing a less well-known jockey or even one who has never ridden the course before.

In 2013 jockey Ryan Mania won the race at his first attempt. And David Mullins did the same thing on Rule The World in 2016!

In 2018 we saw a number of jockeys making their debut. They included James Bowen, Bryony Frost, Sam Coltherd, and Rachael Blackmore. Bryony Frost was the best finisher, getting Milansbar to fifth place.

In the Grand National 2019, Lizzie Kelly made her debut on Tea For Two.

By the end of the Grand National 2021, history had been made. Rachael Blackmore and Minella Times ran the perfect race, making Blackmore the first female jockey to ever win the Grand National.

For the 2022 Grand National, there were seven jockey’s making their debut.

They were: Tommy Dowson, Conor Orr, Ricky Doyle, Philip Armson, Jordan Gainford, Hugh Nugent, and Harry Bannister.

The 2023 Grand National saw some new faces for fans to watch as eight jockeys took their first trip in the big race.

They were: Theo Gillard, Alan Johns, Ben Jones, Michael O’Sullivan, Kieren Buckley, Shane Fitzgerald, Simon Torrens and Jack Foley.

Hopefully, we will see some new jockeys take to the fences for the 2024 Grand National. Of course, we won't know who they are until much closer to the race. 

Aintree Countdown

GRAND NATIONAL 2024

13th April 4pm 

The 2024 Grand National will be held at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday, April 13th at 4pm. The Randox Health sponsored race is run over 4 miles 514 yards with 30 jumps over two circuits of the course.

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WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

The odds quoted on any horse in the Grand National represent your potential returns if that horse should win. If a horse is quoted as 10/1 then the 10 figure is the amount you’ll get back from the bookie for a 1 unit stake. In other words, bet £1 and you’ll win £10 back. You’ll also get back the original £1 stake, making a total return of £11.

WHO DECIDES THE ODDS

The simple answer is the bookmakers. Initially, bookies will offer odds on all the horses running in the National and the bookmaker is aiming to show a profit on the race regardless of the outcome. In many ways the bookmaker doesn’t care who wins, because if he can get the maths right, he will always come out on top. Although this doesn’t always happen over one race.

In a perfect world the spread of bets on the race would guarantee the bookie a nice profit whoever wins. However, if punters keep placing bets on one horse, let us call this horse ‘Plucky Pete’, at a level disproportionate to other runners then the bookie has built up a potential liability.

If ‘Plucky Pete’ wins the race the bookie will lose a fortune and they really don’t like losing!

To stop this happening the bookmaker has a couple of options. They can offer bigger odds on other runners and simultaneously shorten the odds on ‘Plucky Pete’ in the hope of attracting bets away from the horse with the big liability and onto other runners. This is why you see the odds fluctuating right up until the off.

So the bookmaker sets the odds initially but the volume of money place on any runner will move the odds right up until the race starts.

EACH-WAY BETS EXPLAINED

The ‘Each Way’ bet works like this… Instead of betting on a horse to come 1st you can make a bet that your horse can finish 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th (some bookmakers payout 5th & 6th places) The each way bet is really two bets in one, a £5 each way bet will cost you £10. You’re betting £5 that a horse wins and £5 that he will finish in one of the places.

Sounds like a good deal? And for the Grand National, it can make sense to back a horse each way over a straight win bet, but remember bookies aren’t registered charities.

So to compensate for your increased chances of winning they reduce the quoted odds on the place part of the bet. If a horse comes home 1st you’ll still get the full quoted odds. However, should he only place, you’ll only get a quarter of the quoted odds (some bookmaker pay less than a quarter odds).

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